Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome is a fairly new disorder characterized by autism-like social inadequacies. Asperger's, or AS is in fact considered a part of the Autism Spectrum of social disorders, yet since there are many more charities in the country that support Autism in general, Asperger's becomes lost in the shadows of Autism with regard to funding, research and proper treatment.

Lack of funds to raise public awareness of the disorder and research into the disorder are just a few of the concerns we have and this is why we started the charity. We believe there are many more children and adults within our population that have Asperger's Syndrome. Due to the typical high functioning aspects of the disorder, many children affected by Asperger's go untreated and uncounted and that too needs to be changed. Asperger's is very different from Autism even though it is considered part of the spectrum. Asperger children on the whole will appear “normal” with some apparent quirks perhaps.

“Day in and day out we watched him sit alone at the playground while all the other children were playing with one another. Our hearts broke. This is Asperger's Syndrome and it affects more children than we think. Intermingled within the Autism spectrum of developmental disorders, Asperger's gets lost. Please join us to help spread the word about Asperger's Syndrome and help those families that cannot afford proper treatment get the help they need. Increasing public and professional awareness, funding research and helping to pay for therapy is what we do. Asperger's Syndrome. It's different and we're going to prove it.”

The founders (President and Vice President), Philip and Nina Bernie respectively have a 5 year old son afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome. From our personal experience we were frustrated by the lack of support and ridiculously high expense of having our son officially diagnosed with Asperger's. To add to our frustration, once we found out our son has Asperger's, the proper treatment was so expensive we had to forego obtaining proper treatment for us and it breaks our hearts.

Our son Philip, age 5, has Asperger's Syndrome

The diagnosis of our son prompted us to investigate Asperger's much more thoroughly. We found the fact that, like our son Philip who is in a regular Kindergarten class, many children and adults afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome go uncounted and un-helped. As a result, it is our belief that the few reliable numbers and statistics that are available right now drastically underestimate the number of Asperger's cases in America. Since Asperger's does not have a national voice as of yet, we decided to start the charity. We want to be sure other organizations that can help Asperger's patients have solid statistical data and census data so additional funds can be allocated towards Asperger's research.

Asperger's patients usually attend regular classes so many go undiagnosed and fly under the radar of government due to the lack of reliable statistical data and as we know if something appears much smaller than it really is, it tends to get “swept under the rug” with regard to government intervention, public awareness, research funding, etc. It is our goal to fix all of this. We want to acquire or be able to pay people to acquire accurate population data. We want to answer the question someday “How many people in the United States have Asperger's Syndrome?”

Our Goals and Purpose

The Corporation is organized exclusively for educational, religious, scientific, literary and other charitable purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Specifically, US Aspergers Association, Inc. is a new charitable organization that was created to help those children, adults and their families get the help they need in order to be properly diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Additionally we plan on obtaining solid statistical data regarding the rate of Asperger's cases against the general US Population. Moreover we plan to provide funding to those families who cannot afford a diagnosis or treatment of their Asperger's-afflicted children or family members. We also want to raise money to support research that is solely dedicated to Asperger's Syndrome and its connection with the general Autism Spectrum. Lastly, we want to raise public awareness of the disorder. We believe that public awareness is the first step in finding out how many people in the country are actually affected by Asperger's Syndrome.

Our Goals In Summary

    •    Raise public awareness of Asperger's Syndrome

    •    Make doctors and therapists aware of the disorder

    •    Help fund or subsidize the costs for Asperger's treatment and diagnoses for families who cannot afford it

    •    Allocate funds dedicated to the research of Asperger's Disorder

    •    Fund a large statistical Asperger's census in order to obtain reliable affliction rate data

Breaking News:

US Asperger's Association, Inc. is pleased to announce that Dr. Danielle Thorp Sutton has joined our board of directors.  Dr. Sutton brings to our organization a great deal of practical experience as a licensed psychologist and Asperger's and Autism diagnostician.  Dr. Sutton currently works at the Autism Spectrum Assessment and Treatment Clinic, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, University of South Florida.

We look forward to Dr. Sutton sharing her expertise and good judgment along the way.  Dr. Sutton will join existing board members Dr. Matthew S. Goldring of Arizona and Philip and Nina Bernie, the organization's founders.


US Aspergers Association, Inc. is an Asperger's Syndrome charity organization. Asperger's Syndrome, or AS or Asperger's Disorder is part of the autism spectrum. Our Asperger's Syndrome charity not-for-profit helps not only Aspie children but autistic kids as well.

Asperger's Syndrome and Autism are all part of the autism spectrum disorders. We want to help children and adults with Aspurger's Syndrome. The term Aspie has gained some popularity lately as a somewhat affectionate name for Asperger's Syndrome, or AS. Some characteristics of children with Asperger's are hand flapping, tippy toe walking, walking on tip toes. As with any social disorder, professional help is there. People with autism spectrum disorders can seek help from psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists. US Asperger's Association is a charity devoted to Aspergers research and to help people affected with the disorder.

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